Does this scene sound familiar? As your child watches his or her favorite television show, the theme song comes on and your aspiring dancer-slash-musician immediately starts to wiggle, twirl, stomp, sway, and bounce all around the living room. You might smile and even chuckle a little at the spectacle before you, but the truth is, the combination of music and movement has many significant benefits for your child – one of which is growing their confidence. Here are several of the ways moving to music can help your child become more confident.
Confidence grows where there is an avenue for self-expression.
Since there are no right or wrong ways for your child to move to music, except for being safe, he has limitless possibilities to explore, especially in the Kindermusik environment! In fact, each free dance activity in Kindermusik is a chance for your child to be creative and expressive.
Confidence occurs with increased awareness of movement.
As your child grows, she is continually discovering new ways to move. For babies, it might be learning to clap, for toddlers it might be learning how to hop, or for preschoolers it might be learning to coordinate movements with others in class. Each new and exciting discovery will inspire greater confidence in your young learner and budding musician.
Confidence comes through a sense of improved balance and coordination.
Moving to music improves motor skills, helping your child grow stronger and more coordinated. With each new adventurous and creative movement your child tries, your child puts into practice newfound skills that will improve his balance, coordination, and spatial awareness – skills that are just as essential in music as they are on the sports field, by the way.
Confidence blossoms with interaction in a group setting.
Watching other children walk, tiptoe, stomp, and spin around the Kindermusik classroom will help your child become more confident as he begins attempting these movements himself. But your child’s confidence will really thrive in the Kindermusik environment where the emphasis is on encouraging the process of learning and exploring.
Confidence develops as gross and fine motor skills increase.
As your child finds new ways to dance and move along to the delightful sounds of Kindermusik, his motor skills will be nurtured, enhanced, and refined. A child who gains confidence in his body’s ability to move in many different ways also gains confidence in himself.
Confidence absolutely blooms with you by your child’s side.
The really beautiful thing about Kindermusik, and the thing parents say they treasure the most, is the way Kindermusik gives them the opportunity to learn, explore, and enjoy the music and movement in Kindermusik together. As your child’s first and best teacher, your voice and your presences will most affect his confidence – not just in music class, but for the rest of his life.
With all of the benefits of music and movement, we at Kindermusik are proud to offer classes that incorporate both developmentally appropriate and confidence-building activities into every class!